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In two decades, your future meals will be flavored with trendy contradictions

March 5th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

As Sunday morning, January 1, 2040, dawns, Coloradans will wake up to a breakfast of lab-cultured sausage, mung bean–based eggs, and tiger-nut-flour banana bread—all prepared by robots who talk like Alexa’s much smarter granddaughter. There is no kale in sight, and almond milk was banned long ago for being an environmental threat. The first month […]



More tigers now live in cages than in the wild.

May 18th, 2019 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

They’ve been farmed,butchered, sold — commodified. We joined this man on his obsessive quest to expose the traffickers. THA BAK, Laos — He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows and sounds. Ammann had driven […]



How IoT is being used for Australian agriculture in 2019

April 3rd, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

CSIRO’s Vertebrate Pest Detect-and-Deter (VPDaD) device The development of IoT for agriculture is still in its early stages, but it looks promising as more farmers are putting these technologies to work. Australian agriculture has historically been defined by long droughts and irregular rainfall. For farmers, these harsh conditions leave small margins for error, meaning that […]



Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken

February 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet. In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were struggling to survive. That’s when Ryan Bethencourt saw an opportunity. A biologist with an entrepreneurial streak, he and a couple of friends started buying equipment from […]



Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet

November 1st, 2018 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

Iron Ox’s robots are currently planting, growing, and harvesting lettuce in a California warehouse. Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet Inside a former commercial warehouse in San Carlos, California, a robotic arm is carefully transplanting tiny sorrel plants from one large tray to another. In another corner of the room, a larger robot […]



This start-up created the first farm in America run entirely by robo

October 21st, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest produce. One of the robots is 1,000 pounds and about the size of a car. It picks up the trays of plants and transports them around the greenhouse. A […]



World’s first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

September 4th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Floating farm project leader Mink van Wingerden beside the floating dairy farm plaform being built at Merwehaven in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. “It’s a logical step to produce fresh food on the water.” You’ve heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what’s being called the world’s […]



It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future

August 30th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

A science-fiction look at the next two decades of food developments, from robot farmers to 3D-printed meals to government monitoring of your daily calorie intake. It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
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Dropcopter’s drones boost crop pollination by up to 60% in bad bee years

July 9th, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

The Dropcopter drone is designed to pollen-bomb rows of crops following a pre-programmed route A large percentage of the world’s food production relies on bee pollination, but what do we do when the bees can’t be relied on? US startup Dropcopter has just demonstrated that it can deliver a 25 to 60 percent boost in […]



The AI farm experiment

May 8th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

Major companies are bringing together new machine learning algorithms, better and cheaper sensors, and increased computing power in hopes of addressing growing global demand for food and agriculture’s diminishing labor force. The big picture: Alphabet’s X and John Deere, startups and universities are looking to AI-based agriculture to address these problems. But farming presents hard […]



Vertical farms have nailed leafy greens. Next up: tasty peaches

March 21st, 2018 at 2:55 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco-based Plenty already supplies produce for Google’s kitchens. Now it’s on a mission to expand what hydroponic farms can grow. Of the many crops that Matt Barnard has developed, he has a particular fondness for his kale. “If you think about what most people imagine when then they think of kale, think again,” he […]



Cross a John Deere with a Roomba, and you get this crop-monitoring robot

March 21st, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

Farms are a hotbed for automation. Robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have been assisting in agriculture for years and 2017 showed they could farm an acre and a half of barley, from planting to tending and harvesting, without a human stepping foot on the field. Now there is a small but robust robot that could […]



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